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A side-necked turtle of the family Pelomedusidae, native to Africa and South America.
Of or relating to the family Pelomedusidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Pelomedusidae, family name from Pelomedusa, genus name + -idae.
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